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Apr 26 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: Jason Boche

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Top vBlog 2015 is over but I’m still continuing my vBlogger Spotlight series to shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Jason Boche, a good friend of mine from way back to the days when we were VMTN moderators together. Jason is one of the only bloggers that I know that has a full fledged data center running in his basement to power his home infrastructure services and serve as his home lab for blogging at boche.net. Jason mentions VMworld 2008 were I convinced him to start blogging, here’s a pic of some of us doing the Community Roundtable podcast way back in the early days live from VMworld and also a pic of Jason after he tried to explain what vMotion is to Danica Patrick.

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Jason has a fondness for cigars so if you ever run in to him at a VMware event be sure and pack a few stogies to smoke with him. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Jason Boche:

What year did you start your blog?

[Jason] I started my blog in the year 2008.

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Jason] I gained a lot of knowledge and experience working with VMware products in a large corporate environment as well as in my home lab. I had also spent a lot of time sharing the knowledge that I had gained early on with others in the VMware community forums. Blogging and other forms of social media was gaining popularity as output channels for content and after a discussion with my Eric Siebert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2008, that seemed to be the next logical step.

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Jason] When I got my blog started up in my home lab, my brain was overflowing with blog articles I wanted to get out. Early on I think I was producing many blog articles on a daily basis. That eventually slowed down to a more reasonable and digestible rate but managing an enterprise datacenter with VMware and other infrastructure products still gave me plenty to write about in the coming years. Four years ago I transitioned out of a customer role and moved to the VMware partner side of the world where I work for a storage vendor. My blogging output has dropped considerably during this period. Part of this is due to the lack of operational day in day out hands on VMware products that I used to have, and part of it is due to a personal shift with more time and focus spent on my growing family. Sharing and giving back to the community what I can was and still is very rewarding but it comes with a cost which is a time component. Over the last few years my priorities have shifted from community to family. It’s evident in my blogging and my participation in other social media avenues. I haven’t given up completely, it’s just a re-balance.

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Jason] Datacenter architecture and technology is in a perpetual state of evolution and transformation. I still have plenty to learn and in turn share with others. Blogging is one of many facets of community. Community is important to me and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been wired to support others and give back which I have done in many ways throughout my lifetime. The name Jason translated from Greek literally means “healer”.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Jason] Positive feedback from others that I’ve helped them or saved their weekend in some way. I’ve been there and I know the feeling of mental and physical exhaustion and eventually overwhelming relief when a problem is solved.

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Jason] Your blog therefore you are in control with your own rules. Don’t get caught up by others telling you what you should and should not do with your blog in terms of content or frequency. When a blog becomes a job, the fun and passion will be sucked right out of it. Monetization may or may not come. Don’t force it. It shouldn’t be a the primary goal if you already have a day job. Use it to cover expenses, not get rich. A genuine, friendly, and modest personality will draw readership. Be approachable but maintain boundaries for life/family balance. Blog output requires just as much or more input – continue learning and the sharing part will come easier.

Apr 25 2015

What’s inside the Config Virtual Volume (VVol) of a VM?

On a VMFS volume a VM is comprised of many files that all have different purposes, the configuration file for a VM (.vmx) is a small text file (<100KB) that contains various information about the virtual hardware configuration of the VM. With the Virtual Volumes (VVols) architecture the configuration information for a VM is stored in a different manner. Before we go there though lets take a look at how a VM is stored on VVols versus VMFS, the below picture illustrates the files that make up a VM on VMFS.

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With VVols a VM is still comprised of different object types just like VMFS but many of them have been consolidated so there are fewer objects. A VM on VVols is made up of a minimum of two files, a Config VVol and a Data VVol, once a VM is powered on a Swap VVol is created to support memory over-commitment on a host which is then deleted when a VM is powered off just like with VMFS. There are additional VVols created for each snapshot that is taken of a VM as well as any memory states included with snapshots. So where did all those other files go that are part of a VM on VMFS such as log files, descriptor files, lock files, etc? They all get packing into the Config VVol.

While a config file on VMFS is quite small, with VVols it’s much larger as it’s allocated with 4GB of space by default. It’s allocated thin though so the actual size will be much smaller but it has the potential to grow as the data within it grows. Below is a screen shot from a 3PAR array that shows the Config VVol, you can see that is is provisioned thin (tpvv) and the actual physical space it consumes is around 2GB (1996MB). Also note the Swap file is fully allocated, this is necessary as the file is used for virtual RAM and it will be equal in size to the memory that is assigned to a VM (minus any memory reservations).

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So what’s all in the Config VVol, the virtual hardware configuration of a VM of course but it also contains descriptor files for virtual disk and snapshots. With VMFS you always had 2 files that were created for each virtual disk, a small descriptor file and the larger data file, with VVols the Data VVol is the virtual disk and the descriptor is in the Config VVol. You also have all those individual .log files that exist for each VM on VMFS all combined into the Config VVol as well as any lock files that get created.

So there you have it, I don’t know if it’s possible to reclaim space inside a Config VVol like you can within the Data VVol using UNMAP. The max size of a Config VVol is 4GB, as most of the files are small, they probably truncate and remove log files as needed to ensure that it doesn’t exceed that size. Also all of the data inside a Config VVol is mostly text based data, I’m not sure how it’s structured inside the VVol container I’ll have to see if I can get a look inside one to find out.

Apr 24 2015

Is Your Data Replication Solution Aligned with Virtualization?

In today’s virtual world where disk-based media rules and everything is interconnected via the internet there is a very high probability that you’ll need replication for BC/DR to get your valuable VMs protected off-site to another location. Fortunately Zerto makes that simple by offering a virtual-aware, software-only, tier-one, enterprise-class replication solution purpose-built for virtual environments. Unlike traditional storage array replication which requires like brand and model storage arrays at each site to be able to replicate with each other, hypervisor based replication is storage agnostic meaning it operates above the physical storage layer at the virtual layer so it supports any type of underlying storage on each side. Another advantage of using HBR is that it allows you to replicate at the more granular VM level instead of the larger scale LUN level.

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It works by using only two components, the Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) which is a Windows-based service that acts as the management console and can be accessed via a plug-in to vCenter, the ZVM manages all vSphere replication and keeps track of applications and information in motion in real time. The other component is the Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA) which is deployed as a virtual appliance (VM) on each host and continuously replicates data from user-selected VMs, compressing and sending that data to the remote site. The following diagram shows how Zerto Virtual Replication is deployed across sites as a DR solution:

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Zerto does one thing, replication and they do that well, I’ve always admired them and thought that had a great solution. They were founded in 2010 and their product debuted shortly after that and won the Gold in the BC/DR category for the Best of VMworld awards in 2011. It also won Best of Show which means is was chosen as the best product across all the many awards categories. I noticed a quote from Jo Maitland while on Zerto’s website that essentially stated the decision was a no-brainer. As a former Best of VMworld judge myself I know that feeling well as I was involved in a similar situation in a prior year with the product I had picked as the winner in the Security category, HyTrust which also easily won Best of Show.

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So if you are in the market for a great BC/DR solution, I highly encourage you to go checkout their replication solution for VMware vSphere environments. One thing to get you started is this great overview and demo video. They have a lot of great and smart folks that work at Zerto that you should follow on Twitter as well, and be sure and read this great post entitled “I am not a booth babe, Ask me a question” by Fara Hain, Zerto’s Director of Marketing.

Key Zerto folks to follow on Twitter:

Apr 24 2015

Another VVols webinar from Taneja Group featuring VMware speakers

Another VVols webinar coming up from Taneja Group who is doing a whole series of webinars on VVols, the first which was on April 2nd and I participated in was a panel discussion with several storage vendors (NetApp, HP, NexGen & Dell) giving their views and opinions on VVols. The next one on April 30th features two speakers from VMware: Juan Novella (Product Marketing Manager) and Ken Werneburg (Senior Technical Marketing Architect). It should be a good and informative session and it is the prelude to some additional Taneja deep dive webinars on VVols from individual vendors. I’ve signed on to represent HP at one which will be held in May. So click the link below and register and find out what VMware has to say about VVols.


Join us for the first in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars, as we discuss with VMware one of the hottest topics in the datacenter: VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is the industry’s first solution to enable native virtual machine-awareness across a broad range of SAN/NAS arrays. VVol is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments.

This moderated session features Juan Novella and Ken Werneburg, VVol experts from VMware, who will discuss VVol technology, the rapidly expanding ecosystem, and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.

Panelists:
Juan Novella, Product Marketing Manager – Storage; VMware
Ken Werneburg, Senior Architect – Technical Marketing; VMware

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Apr 20 2015

Turn your Top vBlog 2015 coin into a medal courtesy of Nutanix

I’ve started shipping the Top vBlog 2015 coins that were custom made this year courtesy of Infinio to the Top 50 bloggers. I’m sending them out in small batches due to all the work packing them, printing labels, filling out customs forms, etc. When you receive yours you might find a something little extra in the package courtesy of Nutanix who is providing a coin holder and lanyard so you can proudly wear your coin around your neck. Just imagine how cool you would look wearing it around your house, at the grocery store, in your office or even at VMworld.

So when you receive yours in the mail, give a shout out to Nutanix and Infinio and post a picture of yourself wearing it on Twitter with the hash tag #TopvBlog2015. Bonus points for whoever has the most creative photo.

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Apr 20 2015

New webinar from Infinio: Disruptive Innovations: How Storage is Changing in the Enterprise

Scott Davis from Infinio who was a special guest on the Top vBlog 2015 results show is presenting a webinar for technology geeks tomorrow, that sounds pretty cool so go sign up now! Also speaking of cool, Infinio was recently named by Gartner as one of the Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies for 2015, find out what Garnter had to say about Infinio here.


A new wave of disruptive innovations in the storage industry is shaking up familiar architectures and technologies. These innovations promise to drive down costs, simplify storage in the data center and challenge the long-established vendors and data center status quo. Hybrid Arrays are the new normal and All-Flash Arrays and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions are serious contenders in the appropriate use cases.

This webinar will cover disruptive storage technologies and the solutions they are driving. You will learn about:

  • Core storage technology innovations for performance (such as PCI-e and DIMM-based Flash/SSD, and NVMe technologies) and for capacity (such as SMR (shingled) drives)
  • Mobile/cloud application influences on storage including a shift to scale-out architectures, object & cloud storage trends
  • Storage product architectures such as All-flash and Hybrid arrays, Hyper-converged Infrastructure, Software-defined storage & I/O optimization technologies
Register today to learn about disruptive storage technologies and the solutions they are driving.

Apr 16 2015

My VVols guest post on VMware’s storage blog

As I’ve been pretty involved with 3PAR support for VVols during my day job at HP, my VMware storage marketing counterpart contacted me and wanted me to write a guest post on their storage blog on implementing VVols on 3PAR. So if you are interested in that head on over there and give it a read. Thanks to Mauricio Barra and Ken Werneburg for the opportunity.

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Apr 14 2015

3 new vendors added to the VMware Virtual Volumes Compatibility Guide

I posted about a month ago that only 4 vendors supported VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) on Day 1 of the vSphere launch. Now a month later 3 more vendors have completed their certification of VVols with vSphere 6 and have been added to the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide: NetApp, Hitachi (HDS) and Fujitsu. The following table outlines all the vendors that currently support VVols:

PartnerModelsArray TypeFW/OS Ver.FeaturesVASA Provider
HP3PAR StoreServ 7000 & 10000 StorageFiber Channel3.2.1Internal
IBMXIVFiber Channel11.5.1Multi-VC,VPHA (active-passive)External
NEC iStorage M110, M310, M510, M710Fiber Channel & iSCSI010A
SANBlaze TechnologyVirtuaLUNFiber Channel & iSCSI7.3Multi-VC,VPHA (active-active)
NetAppFAS3200, FAS6200, FAS 8000 SeriesNAS8.2.3External
Hitachi (HDS)NAS 4060, NAS 4080, NAS 4100NAS12.2.3753.08External
FujitsuETERNUS DX100 S3, DX200 S3, DX500 S3, DX600 S3, DX200 FFiber Channel & iSCSIV10

Note: be sure and check the VMware HCG for the latest information

Of the 3 new vendors, NetApp was one of the original VMware design partners of VVols, Dell was also a design partner so its odd that they have not completed certification yet. Also I had thought NetApp had said they would support VVols on all protocols and were the only vendor that supported that right now but they are currently only listed as supporting NAS at the moment.

Be sure and check out my ever growing Virtual Volumes link and information page for all the latest info from each vendor.

Apr 09 2015

Is it VVOLs or VVols?

You have to love VMware’s acronyms and trying to figure out the proper case for them. vSAN or VSAN, vMotion or VMotion, VVols or VVOLs, the only consistency VMware has with case in their acronyms in being consistently inconsistent and every acronym is subject to change (and frequently does).

So when I asked one of the VMware storage product marketing managers for VVols about the proper case for the VVOL acronym back in December when we where developing a technical paper on VVols they had decided on VVOLs so that’s what we used in all of our documentation.

Fast-forward to two  weeks ago when one of our VVols developers asked about this again as he heard it was lower-case now so I checked with Rawlinson and he confirmed that they had changed back to using lower-case VVols for the acronym. I talked to the same VVol marketing manager last week and mentioned it to him and he hadn’t heard that but after checking he confirmed that they internally agreed to use VVol instead of VVOL.

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So short answer is use VVol/VVols and not VVOL/VVOLs. Also note that this is an un-official acronym as VMware prefers to spell it out in all of their official documentation. But we all know how the IT world loves acronyms so you’ll probably here it mostly referred to as VVols.

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Apr 08 2015

Steve Herrod on blogging

I was digging through some old Top vBlog archives and came across the video that Steve Herrod recorded on blogging and thought I would share it. Years ago I wanted to do something special for the bloggers as part of the Top vBlog results announcement so I contacted Steve Herrod to see if he would be willing to record a short message about blogging and its importance to the community. It’s at the beginning of the Top vBlog Results show from 2010, back then we pre-recorded it and edited it before publishing it. So give it a watch to see what he has to say about blogging and watch the rest of it if you want to see myself, Simon, David and John Troyer do the countdown of the Top 25.

 

Apr 07 2015

Here’s your chance to help improve Top vBlog

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I’ve been running the annual Top vBlog voting for the last 6 years and as the process is very time-consuming I’m always looking for ways to improve and streamline things. I was recently reading a post from Rene which had some ideas including using stats to determine who the top bloggers. I don’t really like that idea as it then becomes more like a video game to see who can get the highest score and people will do anything to get it.

There is no doubt that Top vBlog is a popularity contest but isn’t pretty much everything that we vote on in life such as the Presidency, Pro Sports All-star Teams, America’s Got Talent, etc, that’s just the nature of what voting is and that’s really OK as long as it doesn’t get out of control. If we start trying to rank things purely based on statistics you lose the most important element, what the people think and want. The fact of the matter is that the stats will mostly line up with the voting results.

When I open the voting I try to give two key pieces of guidance, first make sure bloggers understand that while this is a popularity contest the intended voters are those that work with virtualization technologies and not everyone in your office or who you are Facebook friends with. Second for voters to be fair and to take the following into account when choosing their favorite blogs: Longevity, frequency, quality and length, you can read more about those areas here.

So I probably won’t be radically changing things but I am open to suggestions to try and make things better. One suggestion that I did like from Rene was on the post counts for the year of each blog. Right now I display blogs in the voting survey alphabetically to keep them all on level ground, but I bold the previous years top 50 so they stand out. I like the idea of sorting them by number of posts so the most active bloggers are near the top and those that hardly post at all are near the bottom. Because there are so many blogs now this will help get the most active bloggers better visibility on the survey. I’ve looked around to see if that could be automated by scrapping blogs and parsing the archives to get the number of blog posts but haven’t found anything that will do that. Andreas manually did this by going to each blog so I can probably leverage some volunteers to divide and conquer and do the math for me.

As far as using other metrics like like if they wrote a book, presented at VMworld and how many people follow them on Twitter I don’t find those as being a good measuring stick to how good and popular a blogger is and it penalizes a lot of the bloggers. So if you have any suggestions put them in the comments, one crazy idea I had was to make it into NCAA Basketball play-off style with the bloggers all facing off to the make it to the Sweet 16 and then the Final Four, but while that sounds cool I don’t think that would play out well. Here are some other things I’d be interested in having feedback on:

  • Should it be open it up to selecting more than 10 blogs?
  • Should categories be optional?
  • Are there any additional categories that might be interesting?
  • Should blogs be displayed on the survey in # of posts order from most to least?
  • Any other ideas or suggestions you have!

I am also looking to implement a database-backed system instead of the current WordPress tables model which is a bear to update, this would make it more of a directory style and would be much easier to work with. I’m looking into a few options for that right now.

Sound off in the comments and look forward to hearing from you.

Apr 07 2015

So VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) is here, when will people start using it

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After many years in the making VMware’s new storage architecture, Virtual Volumes (VVols) is finally available as part of vSphere 6.0. VVols certainly looks cool but does the old adage hold true, if you build it will they come? In this post I’ll take a look at some reasons why people may want to wait to begin using VVols and some reasons why they might want to start using VVols right now.

Before we begin lets address what VVols is, VMware hasn’t stated this as far as I know but VVols will replace VMFS at some point. VMware never keeps two of any big infrastructure components around as it doubles their development work. They phased out ESX a few years after ESXi was launched, they just killed off their VSA in favor of VSAN and they are still trying to get rid of the vSphere Client in favor of the Web Client, at some point I expect them to phase out the Windows based vCenter Server in favor of the VCSA. So the same will most likely hold true with VVols, at some point VMware will phase out VMFS after it matures and more people start adopting it. Further evidence of this is that VVols is included in every edition of vSphere and it is not an add-on that you only get with certain editions.

Now lets first cover some reasons why you might want to wait before using VVols:

1. No support for storage array replication yet

This is a big one especially for larger enterprises that rely on storage array replication for BC/DR. Storage replication support is not part of the current VASA 2.0 specification so SRM and vMSC are not supported with VVols, for many that’s a show stopper right there. However despite VMware not supporting storage array replication yet some vendor implementations will or do support it now so that could be a workaround but you still can’t use it with SRM or vMSC until VMware builds it into the VASA spec.

2. It’s a 1.0 storage architecture

Yeah it’s been years in the making but it’s still 1.0 and like any 1.0 product there is always growing pains which could cause some people to wait. In addition there is still some feature and compatibility support missing in VVols (i.e. replication) which could prevent some people from adopting it right away. In addition on the storage array side support for it within the array which required a lot of development work from storage vendors is essentially 1.0 as well. A few storage vendors such as HP, NetApp and Dell were design partners and have been developing support for VVols for years so expect them to have the most mature implementations.

3. Not all storage vendors have full support for it yet

There were only a handful of companies (4) that had Day 1 support for VVols in the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide, expect this to increase as more storage vendors finish their development work and complete the VMware certifications for VVols. In addition storage vendors are still working on broadening their supported features with VVols.

4. Who will win the data center politics game

Remember how it was when you first told your network admins about vSwitches and your networking requirements for vSphere. Yeah they felt they were giving up control and probably put up a fight. The same scenario might play out with VVols, storage admins may not like the fact that they are giving up some control and may push back on it. Resistance has proven to be futile though, the vSphere admins won the networking battle and they will eventually wear down the storage admins as well. To make this easier I encourage you to keep them fully involved, explain what VVols is and how it works and how it will ultimately make their job easier and allow for a much better relationship between VMs and storage.

5. How well does it scale

I have yet to see any performance numbers to show how well VVols does as it scales and a comparison to VMFS. Will it be better than VMFS, the same or worse? I expect it to at least be on par with VMFS, possibly even better, VVols isn’t really about boosting performance over VMFS, it’s about implementing a new VM-centric storage architecture that makes the VM a unit of storage to the storage array. The same held true with RDM’s vs. VMFS, it wasn’t about performance and VMware proved they performed equally as well so I expect the same to hold trued with VVols. It would be nice to have some testing though to back this up and I’ve heard that VMware is working on it.

6. Array features must be licensed

VMware has long tried to mimic storage array features inside of vSphere such as thin provisioning, VM snapshots, Storage vMotion, Storage I/O Control and more. Using many of those features on the vSphere side will not be possible any longer with VVols as everything shifts back to the storage array. So when you take a VM snapshot it will automatically be an array snapshot, same with using thin provisioning, the array will be doing it. This is a good thing as the array is better equipped to handle these functions faster and more efficiently. However this does require you to have those features licensed on your storage array to use them. Some vendors may include these features as part of their core feature set but others may not so check to see how much they will cost.

7. When will the backup vendors get on board

VVols changes the direct to SAN backup model as you now have a Protocol Endpoint and VASA Provider to deal with. I haven’t heard of any backup vendors that support this model with VVols yet but I expect to see support coming soon. Check with your backup vendors to see where they are at with VVol support and what there plans are for it. I expect to see Veeam be one of the first to support VVols as they tend to be ahead of the pack with supporting any new vSphere features.


This may seem like a lot of reasons to discourage you from jumping in and start using VVols but fear not, despite the reasons listed above VVols does provide some great benefits and is the right storage architecture for vSphere. Just like VSAN brings Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) to the VM-level VVols does the same for shared storage. Aligning VMs directly to storage resources and having the storage array visibility to the VM-level is a very good thing to have. So lets now look at some reasons why you should start using VVols right now:

1. It’s not all or nothing with VVols

You can use VVols right along side of VMFS or NFS and you are not having to completely switch over to VVols all at once. VVols simply becomes another storage option that you can choose to put VMs on. You can easily move VMs from VMFS/NFS to VVols and back using Storage vMotion, so you can setup your Storage Container for VVols and then create or move VMs to it at your own pace.

2. Get early experience with VVols

Where you one of those last few people that made the switch from ESX to ESXi then had to struggle to learn the nuances of ESXi compared to ESX? Are you struggling with learning the vSphere Web Client? Why wait and have to learn how to use VVols when you are forced to do it as you have no other choice. Getting early experience and hands-on with VVols will get you ahead of the game and ensure you are ready when others are struggling to learn about it. You can also serve as a SME for VVols and help others learn it as well.

3. Get your disk space back!

This is big one, remember back in vSphere 5.0 when VMware introduced automatic space reclamation via UNMAP and then was forced to make it a manual process as it was causing some issues. They never did figure out how to make it an automatic process again until now, VVols is the answer. With VVols the storage array is VM-aware and knows when a VM is deleted or moved and can reclaim the disk space that it occupied right away. No more having to running a time and resource intensive process using esxcli to try and reclaim space, it’s automatic with VVols. If that wasn’t good enough on top of that UNMAP commands get passed from the guest OS to the storage array with VVols so you get even more granular space reclamation. This will ensure that you reclaim all capacity possible automatically and give you the best efficiency to maintain the smallest footprint on your storage array.

4. It’s available in all vSphere editions

Anyone can use VVols as long as your storage array supports it, there is nothing extra to license in vSphere. The setup for VVols is fairly easy as well so there is nothing stopping anyone from getting started with VVols right now.

5. Start using Storage Policy Based Management

Don’t get left out, get started using the same SPBM that VSAN users have been enjoying for the last year. SPBM allows you to define storage policies that are aligned to storage array capabilities that provide a whole new level of aligning storage array features and resources directly to VMs. SPBM allows you to pick and choose exactly what a VM should have from a storage perspective and it maintains compliance to ensure that the VM has whatever is defined in the storage policy. This is a powerful capability that VMware has put a lot of development effort in to make sure VMs have the best possible alignment with storage resources and that you can apply storage arrays features on an a la carte basis instead of at the large LUN level on many VMs.

6. Let the storage array do what it does best

The storage array is an I/O engine with software that is written specifically to work with that engine which makes it capable of powerful data movement and manipulation. Using VMFS and vSphere storage features you essentially have a 3rd party telling the array what to do which isn’t the best or most efficient way to do things. By letting the storage array do what it was designed to do without handicapping with a control freak that is pulling all the strings it allows for the array to do what it does best which results in the best possible efficiency. In addition array features are more powerful then comparable vSphere storage features and the array has better visibility into storage resources then vSphere has. As a results features like thin provisioning, snapshots and QoS are all more effective and efficient when done by the storage array.

7. Easier for the IT generalists

VVols ensures that IT generalists that may not have strong storage skills don’t have to be storage admins and can spend most of their time in the vCenter console instead of having to go to the storage console. With SPBM and VVols integration into vCenter you get a single unified management tool for storage that combines the best of both worlds, powerful storage array features managed directly from within vCenter.

8. One architecture to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

File or block? NFS, iSCSI, Fiber Channel, who cares? VVols provides a unified storage architecture across all storage protocols and puts them on a mostly level playing field with vSphere. With VVols you don’t have different types of files systems anymore, VMFS for block and NFS for file, you just have VVols and the various components that are universal to any storage protocol. Yes each protocol will still have some of it sown uniqueness still but VVols helps to eliminate some of that and make the protocol that is used less important.

8. The VM is a unit of storage

Saving the best reason for last, this is what VVols is all about, the storage array now has visibility to see individual VMs. With VMFS we only have visibility from the storage array at the LUN level, we could not see inside it and had no knowledge of the VMs that reside on that VMFS volume. Now with VVols that all changes, the VM is a first class citizen to the storage array and can be treated as a unit of storage. If we want to do an array snapshot on just one VM we can, with VMFS we had to take a snapshot of a whole LUN. If you want to assign QoS policies to certain Tier-1 VMs and not others you can, just about any storage array feature can now be done at the VM-level which is awesome. This eliminates the VMFS silo-ed approach which was wasteful and in-efficient from a storage array perspective. We can now provision storage only as needed without allocating huge chunks of it to VMFS datastores. This is the reason why VMware created VVols to begin with.


Everyone will have their own decision to make on when they want to get started with VVols, keep in mind at some point it will not be “if you will switch to VVols” it will be “when will you switch to VVols”. VVols certainly has some great benefits and better aligns storage resources to individual VMs but you will need to look how they fit into your own environment before making the decision to switch to them. I encourage you to get started as soon as you are able to, because you can use VVols alongside NFS or VMFS it makes the decision much easier as you can slowly dip into the pool instead of jumping all in.

 

Apr 06 2015

2015 Top 50 vBloggers sign up now to get your gift courtesy of Infinio

Those who made the Top 50 this year get a free commemorative coin courtesy of Infinio. If you made the top 10 you get gold, 11-25 silver and 26-50 copper. Sign up to get it by filling out the form below so I have your shipping info. Since international addresses can be challenging please include any special instructions that I might need to know for shipping.

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Apr 05 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: Eric Sloof

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Top vBlog 2015 is over but I’m still continuing my vBlogger Spotlight series to shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Eric Sloof, aka Mr. Scoop due to his keen ability to post news about VMware before anyone else is aware of it. Eric is another one of the OG bloggers as well as Godfather of the Dutch vMafia and also one of the hosts of VMworld TV that broadcasts live from VMworld events. Eric’s blog is NTPro.nl and has consistently been one of the Top 10 blogs. While other bloggers were all getting scooped up by VMware and it’s partners he’s chosen to remain as one of the few very independent bloggers left in the Top 25. Eric is one of the very early VMware Certified Instructors and remains one too this day. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Eric Sloof:

What year did you start your blog?

[Eric] I’ve started my blog nearly 10 years ago. it was September 2005 to be more specific.

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Eric] The inspiration for my blog came from Mike Laverick – He was running the RTFM-Education blog for his own training company and I was really enjoying reading his articles.

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Eric] My first blog articles were in Dutch and related to selling Vizioncore vRanger licenses. Back then I was the only reseller in Europe and my blog was used as part of my company ntpro.nl. When Vizioncore was going to an event or I was able to get a new customer, I posted an article about it.

After some time I switched to English and started blogging more about VMware. My first big event was the TSX in Nice 2007. I’ve covered that event with interviews, videos and photo’s. I think back then I was one of the first bloggers who was using multimedia to cover an event. I still have a picture of young Mike and me :-)

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Eric] At the start of 2007 I also became a VMware certified instructor. I kept on blogging because I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from my students and I’ve always used my blog as and extension of the training material. I was able to show an extra demo or screen dumps and dive a little bit deeper than the official material which resulted in good evaluation scores.

After all those years I’m still working as a trainer and I simply can’t quit as long as I experience the enthusiasm of my students.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Eric] The best experience because of blogging was being asked as a host for VMworld TV. Me and Jeremy are presenting VMworld TV for tree years in a row now and we’re doing both San Francisco and Barcelona. It’s so great to meet people worldwide who know you from your blog, just incredible. We had a lot of fun recording all the interviews and I felt as a big honour to be part of the VMworld TV crew.

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Eric] My advice for people who are new in blogging is try to be unique. It doesn’t really matter if you’re doing one two or three posts a week as long as you have good content – content is king.

Apr 01 2015

Top vBlog 2015 Full results

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So the voting has ended, the results have been tabulated and here they are. There were almost 90 new blogs on the ballot this year and 3 new blogs to make the top 25. This year there was over 2200 votes compared to around 1400 last year. You can read more stats about this years voting here. Voters were asked to pick their top 10 favorite blogs and them rank them from 1 to 10. The votes are weighted so a #1 vote is worth 10 points, a #2 vote is worth 9 points all the way down to a #10 vote being worth 1 point. The total points for each blog were added up to determine the results.

If you missed the live results show be sure and watch the replay of the special Google Hangout awards episode that we recorded with Simon Seagrave, John Troyer  and Scott Davis from Infinio as we count up the top 25 winners with lots of color commentary. The vLaunchpad and Planet vSphere-land will be updated soon to reflect the new voting results. Thank you everyone who voted and congratulations to the winners. With so many bloggers out there its a tough scene but I seriously encourage you all to keep at it, the longer you stick with it, the more people notice and will reward you with their vote. You guys are all winners, I know how hard it can be to find the time to blog but do know that your efforts are appreciated and your unselfish dedication makes a difference to a great many of people.

This year any blogger that made the Top 50 will get a special 2″ commemorative coin courtesy of Infinio, I’ll have a form where you can enter your shipping details up in a few days. Bloggers who make the top 10 will get a gold coin, 11-25 a silver coin and 26-50 a copper coin. Also if you’d like a free metal holder for your coin go to this post and re-tweet it. Finally we have another vendor jumping in to get you all a cool metal holder ring with lanyard so you can proudly wear your coin around your neck at VMware events, more details on that soon.

Special thanks to Infinio for sponsoring this year and making the giveaways possible. 

Here are the overall voting results…

BlogRankPreviousChangeTotal VotesTotal Points#1 Votes
Yellow Bricks (Duncan Epping)1109176730243
Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)220667431480
Cormac Hogan341564343727
Frank Denneman43-1486299343
Scott Lowe blog550493278215
Wahl Network (Chris Wahl)682494276853
Derek Seaman's Blog7125455260539
Virtual Geek (Chad Sakac)8914312577108
NTPro.nl (Eric Sloof)96-3394214718
Virtu-al (Alan Renouf)107-335917978
Long White Virtual Clouds (M. Webster)11132314177633
vSphere-land (Eric Siebert)1211-1285150516
ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)13152247148543
My Virtual Cloud (Andre Leibovici)14140301146830
CloudXC (Josh Odgers)15216286142221
Mike Laverick1610-628514058
VCDX56 (Magnus Andersson)17181319137712
Punching Clouds (Rawlinson)183921224110713
Pure Storage Guy (Vaughn Stewart)193516177100618
Justin's IT Blog2045252149859
vInfrastructure Blog (Andrew Mauro)2129817395217
Datacenter Dude (Nick Howell)2223113490834
LucD (Luc Dekens)2317-61718987
A vTexan (Tommy Trogden)2422-21588405
VMGuru (Various)2524-115981613
IT Blood Pressure (Dwayne Lessner)2647211838098
Virtualization Evangelist (Jason Boche)2719-81918073
Brian Madden283351608015
Professional VMware (Cody Bunch)2927-21667967
vMiss (Melissa Palmer)30NEWNEW11879513
mwpreston dot net (Mike Preston)3120-111497887
vReference (Forbes Guthrie)3238612177832
Kendrick Coleman3316-171437475
2 VCP's (Jon Owings)344171507329
The IT Hollow (Eric Shanks)3540512370321
Viktorious.nl (Viktor van den Berg)3630-61376669
VCDX133 (Rene Van Den Bedem)37NEWNEW9665726
vXpress (Sunny Dua)3828-1010859813
Technodrone (Maish)3937-210258022
DiscoPosse (Eric Wright)404999457716
Around the Storage Block (Calvin Zito)414431095517
Erik Bussink4225-171025456
Virtual To The Core (Luca Dell'Oca)434631095435
Chris Colotti's Blog4426-181255414
vFrank (Frank Brix Pedersen)4532-131074945
vNinja (Christian Mohn)4643-31154712
Virtual Langer (Jason Langer)4736-111114563
Gabe's Virtual World (Gabe Van Zanten)4834-14914465
CloudFix (Various)49NEWNEW6042818
The Lone Sysadmin (Bob Plankers)5048-2894131
MyVirtuaLife.Net (Andrea Casini)5180299141017
Virtual Jad (Jad El-Zein)52NEWNEW764092
My Virtual Vision (Kees Baggerman)539744954065
vCO Team5452-2754024
TechHead (Simon Seagrave)555726739811
Paul Meehan568832713968
Cody Hosterman57NEWNEW6538917
Craig Waters5813678723874
Notes from MWhite (Michael White)5912162713625
VMFocus (Craig Kilborn)6042-186536212
Virtualize Tips (Brian Suhr)617312683563
The Virtualist (The Virtualist team)62NEWNEW5135015
VMware Front Experience (A. Peetz)6353-10483488
NoLabNoParty (Paolo Valsecchi)64NEWNEW613468
Steven Poitras65NEWNEW8134514
IT 2.0 (Massimo Re Ferre)6631-35673351
Tayfun Deger67NEWNEW4432719
ElasticSkies (Omer Kushmaro)68NEWNEW523227
VMwareMine6951-18783195
ValCo Labs (Josh Coen)7050-20603181
Virtuwise (Angelo Luciani)71248177783180
Nickapedia (Nicholas Weaver)7262-10663110
By The Bell (Steve Kaplan)7311239873087
VM Blog (David Marshall)74NEWNEW4530716
Perfect Cloud (Rasmus Haslund)7558-17532976
vSamurai (Christopher Wells)7613155442905
SOS Tech (Josh Andrews)7789125428610
VirtXpert (Jonathan Frappier)7817698542868
Net Tweets (Mehdi Kianpour)79NEWNEW522852
WoodITWork (Julian Wood)8055-25602804
Nigel Hickey81NEWNEW582750
Tom Fojta's Blog8256-26532743
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)83NEWNEW522643
Ray Heffer84NEWNEW482632
SnowVM Blog (Rene Bos)852081233626314
Wojcieh.net (Wojciech Marusiak)86NEWNEW392609
Mikes.eu (Roy Mikes)8778-9462589
2 vGuys (Andrea de Gregorio)88NEWNEW422570
The SLOG (Simon Long)8959-30652560
The Storage Architect (Chris Evans)9083-7472561
Running-System (Andreas Lesslhumer)9184-7372547
Come Lo Feci (Pietro Aiolfi)92180883425213
50 mu (Rob Koper)9310310542513
Willem ter Harmsel9414854422499
Phil the Virtualizer (Philip Ditzel)95254159782461
Mike Tabor9671-25382439
VMware Arena (Mohammed Raffic)9761-36432427
Proudest Monkey (Grant Orchard)9895-3382387
How 2 VM (Aram Avetisyan)9915859402350
Hypervisor.fr10065-35372344
HyperVizor (Hany Michael)10196-5412341
SFlanders.net (Steve Flanders)1021053392318
Virten.net (Florian Grehl)1031074442281
40 Cent Coffee (Josh De Jong)104NEWNEW452270
Virtualization is Life! (Anthony Spiteri)105233128342259
Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat10654-52472232
Virtual Professional (Sven T.)107NEWNEW3422315
The Saffa Geek (Gregg Robertson)10860-48492183
Storagezilla (EMC - Mark Twomey)10913223452170
Ravi IT Blog (Ravi Kumar)11094-16392135
I wish I could be a VM (Benjamin Ulsamer)1112171062820914
Virtual Bacon (Peter Chang)112NEWNEW432080
Default Reasoning (Marek Zdrojewski)11377-36262049
Storage Mojo (Robin Harris)11412410412040
TinkerTry (Paul Braren)11520287342036
vHorizon (Dale Scriven)11663-53472031
Route To Cloud (Roie Ben Haim)117NEWNEW362022
Planet VM (Tom Howarth)11891-27482011
Adventures in a Virtual World (P. Grevink)11912910412001
Emad Younis Blog120NEWNEW412002
UP2V (Marcel van den Berg)12172-49352002
Deep Storage (Howard Marks)122120-2361960
vBuffer (Zlatko Mitev)123NEWNEW2919610
Blog VMware (Leandro Ariel Leonhardt)124123-1281956
vGeek (Kunal Udapi)125NEWNEW471950
A Day In The Life (Adam Baum)12686-40361921
Chris Wolf blog12766-61421900
VirtAdmin (James Green)128NEWNEW411900
yoyoclouds (Yohan Wadia)12920677371891
Wikibon Blog130119-11441821
Aaron Delp Blog131100-31431810
Ruptured Monkey (Nigel Poulton)132301169341810
vCloudnine (Patrick Terlisten)133292159321797
Vipin V.K.134NEWNEW301781
Jonathan Medd's Blog13518651301772
Linux Coding (Herwono Wijaya)136NEWNEW301778
Glick's Gray Matter (Neil Glick)137NEWNEW2117511
NSX Insight (Todd Simmons)138NEWNEW441750
Virtualb (Benjamin Troch)139NEWNEW341732
VirtualementVotre (Cedric Megroz)140106-34251738
Hans De Leenheer14179-62361721
vMackem (David Owen)1422561142817012
Sean's IT Blog (Sean Massey)143259116351691
Daily Hypervisor (Sid Smith)144NEWNEW261683
VMware Tips (Rick Scherer)14569-76371681
Elastic Sky (Paul McSharry)146110-36321662
VMwaretv (Cahit Yolacan)147NEWNEW261663
Jason Gaudreau's Blog148NEWNEW241656
Todd Mace1491501291650
vHersey (Hersey Cartwright)150125-25411652
Virtualization Team (Eiad Al-Aqqad)151304153291650
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)152NEWNEW241629
VI Kernel (Gareth Hogarth)153NEWNEW361610
Burdweiser (James Burd)154116-38281591
StorageIO (Greg Schulz)15576-79331591
That Could Be A Problem (Kyle Ruddy)156269113311590
Settlersoman (Mariusz Kaczorek)157NEWNEW2115510
Why Is The Internet Broken? (J. Parisi)158NEWNEW361541
Northtech Consulting (Yendis Lambert)159300141261532
Robert van den Nieuwendijk's Blog160155-5291530
Virtual Valley (Mo Elamin)161NEWNEW2015310
vmPete (Pete Koehler)16268-94291530
RNelson0 (Rob Nelson)163NEWNEW241511
vElemental (Clint Kitson)16482-82321511
vTesseract (Josh Atwell)16567-98371511
vClouds (Marco Broeken)16670-96331492
Steven Kang167NEWNEW291482
Stretch Cloud (Prasenjit Sarkar)16819426261464
Virtualised Reality (Barry Coombs)1691723281466
Virtual Noob (Chad King)17020333301450
ITPath (Paolo Torresani)171NEWNEW211440
Everything Virtual (Simon Davies)1721775221436
Virtualization Software (Davis/Lowe)17399-74301431
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)174NEWNEW241425
Popping Clouds (Paul Fries)175NEWNEW251420
View Yonder (Steve Chambers)176162-14271420
Virtual Patel (Manish Patel)177111-66301421
Virtualization Blog (Shabbir Ahmed)178NEWNEW231426
Juanma's Blog (Juan Manuel)17926788161418
Virtualize Planet (Ricky El-Qasem)18019515301414
Arnim van Lieshout181113-68351400
CloudManiac (Roman Decker)182NEWNEW201406
Just Another IT Blog (Eduardo Meirelles)183NEWNEW191408
Rickatron Blog (Rick Vanover)18423046301390
Vroom Blog (Fouad El Akkad/Alban Lecorps)185117-68221398
Virtual Lifestyle (Joep Piscaer)186118-68301380
vBrain.info (Manfred Hofer)187139-48271375
Hu's Blog (HDS - Hu Yoshida)18823446181369
Vernak (Dan McGee)189NEWNEW231364
doOdzZZ's Notes (Abdullah Abdullah)19025767191351
Federico Cocinalli191NEWNEW291343
Stuart Radnidge19228290241330
vCloud Info (Carlo Costanzo)193165-28291331
Virt ES194NEWNEW271331
Vinf.net (Simon Gallagher)195181-14301320
VMware Videos (David Davis)19664-132321321
Educational Center (Dean Lewis)197NEWNEW211316
The Virtual Buddha (Linus Bourque)198NEWNEW291310
VirtualBoy (Aakash Jacob)199NEWNEW251303
vPirate (Abhilash HB)20081-119261305
vTagion (Brian Graf)201316115291301
Orchestrate This! (Magnus Ullberg)20223836281290
The Eager Zero (Michael Stump)20322017271290
Orchestration.io (Chris Green)204NEWNEW261280
Sysadmit (Xavier Genestos)205NEWNEW241281
VM Dude (Frederic Martin)206154-52231284
VMware Minds (Anjani Kumar)207NEWNEW221287
G-Virtu (Boris Alexis)208NEWNEW171276
Rob Steele209NEWNEW281272
Andi Mann Ð Ubergeek2102155251260
Tekhead (Alex Galbraith)21127564231262
The Data Center Overlords (Tony Bourke)212164-48221250
vSpace (Parthasarathi)213NEWNEW201254
vTricks (Patrick Schulz)21492-122341251
Filipv.net (Filip Verloy)215320105221245
Peeters Online (Hugo Peeters)21627761241240
Storagebod (Martin Glassborow)217192-25251240
Virtual Fabric (Chris Beckett)218NEWNEW251240
What Would Dan Do (Dan Brinkmann)219138-81241240
Ivo Beerens220200-20251220
Matt Vogt221175-46241221
Rickard Nobel22224119221220
All About Virtualization (Akmal Waheed)223NEWNEW271210
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)224NEWNEW211212
vExpertise (F. Lenz/M. Ewald)225NEWNEW241214
Virtual Pharaohs (Shady El-Malatawey)226NEWNEW201213
David Hill22798-129251192
DefinIT (Sam McGeown/Simon Eady)228216-12211191
Penguinpunk.net (Dan Frith)229184-45261190
The Virtual Way (Francesco Bonetti)23026838231191
GeekFluent (Dave Henry)231NEWNEW201184
Aravind Sivaraman232191-41261170
VM Admin (Andy Barnes)233190-43271170
Horizon Flux (Tim Arenz)23426430231160
Storage Gaga (Chin-Fah Heoh)235NEWNEW201160
The Foglite (E. Rowe/A. Scorsone)23628044221160
Virtualized Geek (Keith Townsend)23725114271161
The Virtualization Practice (Various)238115-123181154
Blazilla.de (Patrick Terlisten)23929253161140
Virtualization Matrix (Andreas Groth)240NEWNEW221141
VMware & Veeam Blog (Karel Novak)24187-154231144
vmdaemon (Mohammed Salem)242NEWNEW171132
Cosonok's IT Blog (David Cookson)243185-58181122
Thankfully the RAID is Gone (G. Chapman)244168-76231120
Got Dedupe? (Eric Hagstrom)245243-2181112
Virtual 10 (Manny Sidhu)246NEWNEW271110
Virtual Future (Sven Huisman)247135-112221111
The Lower Case W (Matt Liebowitz)248133-115261101
VDICloudn.nl (Arjan Timmerman)249145-104231100
Talking Tech With SHD (Scott Davis)250NEWNEW201092
The SAN Man (Archie Hendryx)251178-73231090
ThinkCloud.nl (Martijn Baecke)252246-6231070
Tim's IT Blog (Tim Smith)253222-31211072
Virtual Admin Notes (Anton Zhbankov)254188-66201060
Jose M Hernandez255NEWNEW181050
Storage Soup (Tech Target)256218-38251050
vDestination (Greg Stuart)257114-143231050
Virtual VCP (Rynardt Spies)258189-69241050
vThink (Julien Varela)259NEWNEW211050
Backup Central (W. Curtis Preston)260171-89271030
Build Virtual (Ian Walker)261NEWNEW191030
VM Today (Joshua Townsend)262236-26241031
MindJudo (Laurens van Gunst)263NEWNEW201021
vPourchet (Valentin Pourchet)26430339161022
Thinking Loud on Cloud (Samir Roshan)265NEWNEW231011
VCDX Blog (Will Huber)266242-24231010
Virtual Bits & Bytes (Niels Engelen)267183-84231010
VMware & Powershell (Greg Kulikowski)268109-159281010
Demitasse (Alastair Cooke)26993-176241000
vExperienced (Edward Grigson)27085-185221000
VSpecialist (Michael Poore)271128-143231001
Empiric Virtualization (Joel Gibson)272226-4616991
rsts11 (Robert Novak)273187-8617990
The Virtual Headline (Pete Del Rey)2743022820991
vBrainstorm (Roger Lund)2752982325990
NutzandBolts (Mark Jones)276193-8321980
The VM Guy (Dave Lawrence)277151-12623980
Virtual Management (Marco Giuricin)278266-1221960
VirtualWorldUK (Chris Bell)279NEWNEW23960
All of my Brain (Thomas Lepke)280NEWNEW24950
Everyday Virtualization (Rick Vanover)281173-10821951
Knudt Blog (Brian Knudtson)282214-6820950
Plain Virtualization (Wee Kiong Tan)283NEWNEW16953
Tecnolog’as Aplicadas (Patricio Cerda)284231-5315950
Ray On Storage (Ray Lucchesi)285144-14117940
J Metz (J Michael Metz - Cisco)286274-1218930
The Odd Angry Shot (Andrew Dauncey)287209-7818931
Virtual Insanity (S. Sauer/A. Sweemer)288146-14222930
VCritical (Eric Gray)28974-21523920
vSential (James Bowling)29075-21523920
The VDI Sage (Kenneth Slish)291NEWNEW20910
Virtual Me (Joseph Griffiths)2923061419911
vPedroArrow293NEWNEW21911
vZare (Preetam Zare)294NEWNEW16911
Random Writes (Nebojsa Ilic)295NEWNEW24900
Defined By Software (Various)296NEWNEW16881
Dmitry's PowerBlog297255-4215880
Go SDDC! (Fabio Rapposelli)298NEWNEW20880
Virtual Red-dot (Iwan Rahabok)299NEWNEW21880
Virtually Mike Brown (Mike Brown)300212-8816880
VirtuallyLG (Lorenzo Galelli)301270-3120880
VM-Ice (Larus Hjartarson)302310818880
VMware Training & Certification (S. Vessey)303130-17320880
Cloud Computing Infrastructure (B. Carter)304284-2020870
Virtual GeekCH (Various)305156-14922870
Virtually Speaking (Dan Kusnetzky)306265-4120870
vNugglets (Allen Crawford)307205-10216871
I'm all Virtual (Lior Kamrat)30884-22414860
Common Denial (Erin K. Banks)309NEWNEW16851
Everything Should Be Virtual (Larry Smith)310137-17317850
ICT-Freak.nl (Arne Fokkema)311169-14217850
Techazine (Philip Sellers)312201-11117850
Unix Arena (Lingeswaran)313225-8816850
V-Desktop (Colas Fabrice)314NEWNEW15850
VMZone (Jilesh Kacha)315NEWNEW20851
Double Cloud (Steve Jin)316239-7718840
Enterprise Admins (Brian Wuchner)317285-3217840
Virtually Prepared (Darren Woollard)318NEWNEW20841
Musings of Rodos (Rodney Haywood)319245-7423830
vConsult (Duco Jaspars)320163-15715830
Virtualization Express (Karthic Kumar)321210-11118830
vByron (Byron Schaller)322167-15519821
I'm Tellin' Ya Now! (Mike Foley)323207-11615811
Imran Qureshi324NEWNEW13803
Null Byte (Antti Hurme)325NEWNEW17800
Ather Beg's Useful Thoughts (Ather Beg)326312-1416790
DeinosCloud (Didier Pironet)327278-4917791
Uber Tech Geek (Marc Crawford)328141-18716791
vmDK (Damian Karlson)329108-22114790
Timo Sugliani330179-15118781
VCDX181 (Marc Huppert)331NEWNEW15781
VMAdmin (Fletcher Cocquyt)332260-7218780
vTerkel (Terkel Olsen)333NEWNEW18781
Amit's Technology Blog (Amit Panchal)334197-13721771
Shogan.tech (Sean Duffy)335279-5615760
The HyperAdvisor (Antone Heyward)336221-11517760
Blog.igics.com (David Pasek)337NEWNEW15750
Vdsyn (Ayan Nath)338127-21119750
Virtualization Spotlight (P. Redknap)339299-4016750
VM Spot (Matt Bradford)340NEWNEW15752
VMnick (Nick Fritsch)341211-13018750
Amitabh's Virtual World (Amitabh Dey)342170-17214740
Get Scripting343152-19116740
Koolaid.info (Jim Jomes)344NEWNEW17740
Pascal's Wereld (Pascal Heldoorn)345229-11617740
Cloud-Buddy (Bilal Hashmi)346142-20417730
Mount Virtual (Brian Trainor)347NEWNEW23730
vCrumbs (Josh Sims)348153-19513730
Virtual Wiki (Christian Wickham)349NEWNEW14730
VM/ETC (Rich Brambley)350313-3718730
Marco Pol351104-24713720
Virtual Stace (Stacy Carter)352NEWNEW18720
vLore Blog (John A. Davis)353NEWNEW19720
Blue Shift Blog (Kevin Kelling)354149-20515710
Jase's Place (Jase McCarty)355244-11119710
Keith Norbie Virtual Ideas356252-10414710
GestaltIT (Various)357213-14416700
Jameskilby.co.uk358315-4317690
Kanap.net (Fried Eva)359NEWNEW14680
Michael Ryom360166-19415682
VMware Admins (Eric Sarakaitis)361223-13818680
Stu McHugh's Virtualisation Blog362296-6612670
VirtualizeMyDC (A. Pogosyan)363228-13512673
VMpros.nl (Sander Daems)364122-24215660
vWired (Seb Hakiel)365NEWNEW14661
Show me the Hypervi$or (Matt Heldstab)366NEWNEW14650
VM Trooper (Trevor Roberts)367237-13015651
Logical Block (Ashish Palekar)368295-7311640
Rational Survivability (Christofer Hoff)369235-13410640
Blue Gears (Edward Haletky)370311-5912630
VMnerds (Jeremie Brison)371147-22414620
JBcomp (James Brown)372NEWNEW13600
Virtual Storage Speak (Rawley Burbridge)373NEWNEW13600
Eck Tech (Adam Eckerle)374293-8117580
Poshoholic (Kirk Munro)375287-8815570
The Solutions Architect (Michael Letschin)376317-5913570
vCO Flow (Simon Sparks)377161-21616570
Tim's Virtual World (Tim Patterson)378283-9511560
Virtual Potholes (AJ Kuftic)379294-8517550
David Stamen380NEWNEW14541
Virtually Everything (Phillip Jones)381281-10013540
IT Diversified (Bryan Krausen)382NEWNEW12530
VMware Trainer (Shyamlal Pushpan)383NEWNEW14530
Eprich (Paul Richards)384289-9515500
Hazenet.dk (Mads Fog Albrechtslund)385318-6711500
vWilmo (Geoff Wilmington)386232-15414500
vChallenge.me (Rogerio Goncalves)387NEWNEW10490
vNoob (Conrad Ramos)388134-25416490
Blog.shiplett.org (Jason Shiplett)389157-23213461
Virt for Service Providers (J. Dooley)390140-25013450
VMdamentals (Erik Zandboer)391258-13313450
vNelsonTX (Brian Nelson)392196-1968441
VMBulletin (Rick Schlander)393288-10513430
VMwareAndME (Santosh Suryawanshi)394160-2348410
VMwarewolf (Richard Blythe)395291-1049400
Virtually Benevolent (Michael Stanclift)396319-7710391
Virtualization Information (S. Snowden)397272-1258380
Great White Technologies (Dave Morera)398NEWNEW8370
Virtualizing the D.C. (Tony Wilburn)399309-908370
M80ARM - Virt. Warrior (M. Armstrong)400297-1037330
vReality (Tomi Hakala)401199-2029330
Virtualis.info (VR Bitman)402NEWNEW10300
Virtualization Buster (J. Franconi)403314-899290
Copy Data Tips (Jeff O'Connor)404NEWNEW6280
GeekSilver's Blog405227-17810240
ITuda (Lieven D'hoore)406308-984241
VMexplorer (Matt Mancini)407250-1574210
Jume (Bouke Groenescheij)408286-1223190
Gerbens Blog (G. Kloosterman)409182-2273180
Dervirtuellewirt (Daniel Baby)410NEWNEW7140
Gert Kjerslev411271-140690

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Here are the full category results…

Favorite Storage BlogVotes
Cormac Hogan458
Virtual Geek (Chad Sakac)218
Around the Storage Block (Calvin Zito)94
Datacenter Dude (Nick Howell)91
Steven Poitras91
My Virtual Cloud (Andre Leibovici)82
Punching Clouds (Rawlinson)79
CloudXC (Josh Odgers)69
Pure Storage Guy (Vaughn Stewart)60
The Storage Architect (Chris Evans)57
Deep Storage (Howard Marks)45
StorageIO (Greg Schulz)45
Cody Hosterman41
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)39
Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat36
Paul Meehan34
Glicks Gray Matter (Neil Glick)27
vClouds (Marco Broeken)26
A vTexan (Tommy Trogden)25
Virtual Valley (Mo Elamin)25
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)18
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)18
Todd Mace18
Vipin V.K.17
Wikibon17
doOdzZZs Notes (Abdullah Abdullah)16
Hus Blog (HDS - Hu Yoshida)16
VirtualBoy (Aakash Jacob)16
Ray On Storage (Ray Lucchesi)14
Why Is The Internet Broken? (J. Parisi)14
VI Kernel (Gareth Hogarth)13
Jases Place (Jase McCarty)12
Keith Norbie Virtual Ideas12
Ruptured Monkey (Nigel Poulton)12
Penguinpunk.net9
Logical Block (Ashish Palekar)6
None of these listed here256
Favorite Scripting BlogVotes
Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)446
LucD (Luc Dekens)206
Virtu-al (Alan Renouf)194
vCO Team118
Steven Poitras111
MyVirtuaLife.Net (Andrea Casini)67
Dmitrys PowerBlog57
vGeek (Kunal Udapi)57
Jonathan Medd55
Seans IT Blog (Sean Massey)51
Double Cloud (Steve Jin)45
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)41
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)39
That Could Be A Problem (Kyle Ruddy)35
vTagion (Brian Graf)35
Orchestrate This! (Magnus Ullberg)34
vNugglets (Allen Crawford)24
DefinIT (Sam McGeown/Simon Eady)22
Shogan.tech (Sean Duffy)21
Steven Kang21
Orchestration.io (Chris Green)16
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)16
None of these listed here417
Favorite PodcastVotes
vBrownBag (Cody Bunch)308
VMware Communities Roundtable (Various)130
Geek Whispers (Troyer/Brender/Lewis)114
Chinwag (Mike Laverick)110
Datacenter Dude (Nick Howell)102
vSoup (Dearden/Mohn)85
StorageIO (Greg Schulz)80
In Tech We Trust Podcast (Farley/Poulton/Vanover/Chapman/De Leenheer)77
vCatchup (Craig Waters)72
Veeam Community Podcast (R. Vanover)70
Get Scripting (Various)59
vChat (Siebert/Seagrave/Davis)54
Virtualization Security (Edward Haletky)50
Size Matters (Various)48
VUPaaS (Khalsa/Wahl/Atwell)46
The CloudCast (A. Delp & B. Gracely)38
None of these listed here731
Favorite New BlogVotes
vMiss (Melissa Palmer)168
VCDX133 (Rene Van Den Bedem)134
Emad Younis Blog74
CloudFix (Various)62
The Virtualist (The Virtualist team)58
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)49
VirtualBoy (Aakash Jacob)42
VCDX Blog (Will Huber)41
Settlersoman (Mariusz Kaczorek)40
Blog VMware (Leandro Ariel Leonhardt)38
CloudManiac (Roman Decker)36
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)32
Why Is The Internet Broken? (J. Parisi)32
VMware Minds (Anjani Kumar)31
Steven Kang30
vCloudnine (Patrick Terlisten)30
V-Desktop (Colas Fabrice)29
ITPath (Paolo Torresani)28
Virtual Red-dot (Iwan Rahabok)28
Virtualization Blog (Shabbir Ahmed)28
Nigel Hickey27
Imran Qureshi25
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)24
RNelson0 (Rob Nelson)24
vBuffer (Zlatko Mitev)24
vSpace (Parthasarathi)24
Route To Cloud (Roie Ben Haim)23
The VDI Sage (Kenneth Slish)23
VI Kernel (Gareth Hogarth)23
Educational Center (Dean Lewis)22
VirtualementVotre (Cedric Megroz)22
VCDX181 (Marc Huppert)18
vZare (Preetam Zare)18
Virtual Pharaohs (Shady El-Malatawey)17
VM Spot (Matt Bradford)16
IT Diversified (Bryan Krausen)14
Jose M Hernandez12
vmdaemon (Mohammed Salem)12
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)11
VMZone (Jilesh Kacha)11
Great White Technologies (Dave Morera)8
MindJudo (Laurens van Gunst)7
Kanap.net (Fried Eva)6
Virtualis.info (VR Bitman)6
None of these listed here728
Favorite Independent BloggerVotes
Wahl Network (Chris Wahl)234
NTPro.nl (Eric Sloof)137
LucD (Luc Dekens)68
VMGuru (Various)62
ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)59
VCDX133 (Rene Van Den Bedem)58
vNinja (Christian Mohn)52
SnowVM Bog (Rene Bos)47
The IT Hollow (Eric Shanks)42
Seans IT Blog (Sean Massey)39
StorageIO (Greg Schulz)37
vInfrastructure Blog (Andrew Mauro)37
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)36
CloudFix (Various)36
Settlersoman (Mariusz Kaczorek)35
MyVirtuaLife.Net (Andrea Casini)32
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)31
Viktorious.nl (Viktor van den Berg)28
VMFocus (Craig Kilborn)28
Virtualization is Life! (Anthony Spiteri)27
VMware Front Experience (A. Peetz)27
vGeek (Kunal Udapi)26
Virtual Valley (Mo Elamin)25
mwpreston dot net (Mike Preston)24
Come Lo Feci (Pietro Aiolfi)22
Perfect Cloud (Rasmus Haslund)22
Running-System (Andreas Lesslhumer)22
The Saffa Geek (Gregg Robertson)22
Virtual Langer (Jason Langer)21
WoodITWork (Julian Wood)21
Vroom Blog (Fouad El Akkad/Alban Lecorps)19
NoLabNoParty (Paolo Valsecchi)18
VirtualementVotre (Cedric Megroz)18
Mike Tabor17
vClouds (Marco Broeken)17
RNelson0 (Rob Nelson)16
Educational Center (Dean Lewis)15
Tims IT Blog (Tim Smith)15
Virtually Mike Brown (Mike Brown)15
That Could Be A Problem (Kyle Ruddy)14
Virtualize Planet (Ricky El-Qasem)14
All About Virtualization (Akmal Waheed)13
VMware & Veeam Blog (Karel Novak)12
Penguinpunk.net11
vCloudnine (Patrick Terlisten)11
Everything Should Be Virtual (Larry Smith)10
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)10
V-Desktop (Colas Fabrice)10
The VDI Sage (Kenneth Slish)9
Amits Technology Blog (Amit Panchal)8
Imran Qureshi8
VI Kernel (Gareth Hogarth)8
Ather Begs Useful Thoughts (Ather Beg)7
DefinIT (Sam McGeown/Simon Eady)7
doOdzZZs Notes7
IT Diversified (Bryan Krausen)7
Uber Tech Geek (Marc Crawford)7
VM Spot (Matt Bradford)7
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)6
Pascals Wereld (Pascal Heldoorn)6
vExpertise (F. Lenz/M. Ewald)6
Virtual Pharaohs (Shady El-Malatawey)6
Virtualization Blog (Shabbir Ahmed)6
Show me the Hypervi$or (Matt Heldstab)5
VirtualWorldUK (Chris Bell)5
Virtual Me (Joseph Griffiths)4
VirtualizeMyDC (A. Pogosyan)4
Great White Technologies (Dave Morera)3
Michael Ryom3
Northtech Consulting (Yendis Lambert)3
MindJudo (Laurens van Gunst)2
None of these listed here448
Favorite VDI BlogVotes
Brian Madden288
My Virtual Cloud (Andre Leibovici)280
IT Blood Pressure (Dwayne Lessner)127
Ray Heffer87
Virtualize Tips (Brian Suhr)87
Seans IT Blog (Sean Massey)70
V-Desktop (Colas Fabrice)69
My Virtual Vision (Kees Baggerman)64
The VDI Sage (Kenneth Slish)61
MyVirtuaLife.Net (Andrea Casini)58
Imran Qureshi53
Glicks Gray Matter (Neil Glick)49
Virtualize Planet (Ricky El-Qasem)47
Horizon Flux (Tim Arenz)43
Virtual Fabric (Chris Beckett)40
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)34
Come Lo Feci (Pietro Aiolfi)30
doOdzZZs Notes30
Nigel Hickey28
ITuda (Lieven D'hoore)24
None of these listed here629
Favorite News/Information WebsiteVotes
The Register (Various)413
vSphere-land (Eric Siebert)260
Petri IT Knowledgebase (Various)165
CRN (Various)116
Virtualization.Info (Various)104
VM Blog (David Marshall)98
Wikibon95
Tech Targets SearchVMware85
InfoWorld (Various)80
Virtualization Admin (Various)74
Network World (Various)62
Cloud Cow (Various)57
Virtualization Review (Various)50
The Virtualization Practice (Various)48
None of these listed here484

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